Task force under Azmin Ali to review procurement procedures

Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad says anything that goes against any act or law will be investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

PUTRAJAYA: The government will be establishing a task force to review procurement procedures. It will be led by the Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali.

The procurement procedures will affect the transport, agriculture and agro-based industry, and health ministries.

Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad told reporters today the issue of monopoly was not raised only by his ministry but also the other ministries as well.

He said the task force will review the procurement procedures, including open tenders.

“An overall investigation relating to the monopoly policy will be held.

“This is not easy as it will also touch on certain other policies.

“I cannot speculate on anything yet. We will do research regarding the monopoly and the procurement process.

“Anything that goes against any act or law will be investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission,” he told reporters.

He said regarding the monopoly on supply of medicines, his ministry would be looking into the matter.

Recently, a report had revealed details on how companies linked to politicians close to the previous government controlled the supply of billions of ringgit worth of medical drugs to the government.

It was claimed that this monopoly could have increased the cost of drugs supplied to government hospitals and clinics nationwide.

On another matter, Dzulkefly said the decision to dissolve the Malaysian Health Promotion Board’s MySihat programme had been finalised.

He also said that the proposal to have a Health Advisory Council to advise the ministry on strengthening healthcare had been adopted.

“We will announce the name list next week. There will be seven members at least.

“The members will be from both the public and private sector, and need not necessarily have a background in medicine.”

The council members will serve for two years.